May 2. 2010
US-WIDE MAY DAY MARCH/RALLIES, A SUCCESS
Los Angeles- The US-Wide May Day Rallies in several major cities to defend immigrant rights and for genuine immigration reform was resounding success
--In Los Angeles, the epicenter of the immigrant rights movement, hundreds of thousands turned out and filled 20 street blocks leading to Broadway and Temple St. Estimates range from as high as 500,000 to a low of 60,000.
One of the rally organizers, ANSWER-LA, TV Channel 54 and 62 estimates the crowd as high as 250,000 while the LAPD has a low estimate of 60,000.
AJLPP and AFFIRM forces marched together with ANSWER contingent holding high the banner’ AMNESTIYA, NGAYON! ( Amnesty, Now!) AFFIRM and AJLPP activists held purple AFFIRM banners and the red/tricolors of the Filipinos.
The Full Rights For Immigrants Coalition, the LA County Federation of Labor, MIWON and Immigration Reform for America sponsored the united march-rally from Olympic and Broadway to Temple street intersection.
Cardinal Roger Mahony of LA marched with a slew of personalities during the march. For the last four years, the different coalition held their different marches all around the city after the big push for immigrant rights in March 2006. The latest march last March 27 in LA led by the Full Rights for Immigrant Rights Coalition drew as much as 50,000 to 75,000 people.
Great Turnouts in Cities
- In New York, the AJLPP forces led by Damayan and Ugnayan marched with the Immigrant Communities in Action (ICA) at Union Square where more than 25,000 protestors converged. Another march at Foley square has around 5,000 protestors.
- In San Diego, joint AJLPP, KMB/Pro People Youth and AFFIRM forces marched with 3,000 people from Chicano Park to downtown Federal building San Diego. San Diego is the border with Mexico.
- Another 5,000 people march from 24th and Mission towards the Civic Center. The AJLPP/JFAV and AWARE forces joined the protests. As in LA, the AJLPP forces marched with ANSWER-Bay area.
- In Texas, more than 100,000 people march for immigration reform while 20,000 marched in Chicago, Illinois for the May Day commemoration.
The May Day marches was greatly inspired by a great turn out of more than 600,000 last March 22 in Washington DC. This was the biggest turnout after the more than 2 million march in Los Angeles in March 25, 2006, that saw the upsurge in the immigrant rights movement in the United States. AJLPP, as a part of ANSWER-LA participated in the marches.
FULL RIGHTS FOR ALL IMMIGRANTS NOW!
MAKIBAKA, HUWAG MATAKOT, KATARUNGAN NGAYON NA!